What Date is Easter?
Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25. The usual statement, that Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal equinox, is not a precise statement of the actual ecclesiastical rules. The full moon involved is not the astronomical Full Moon but an ecclesiastical moon (determined from tables) that keeps, more or less, in step with the astronomical Moon.
Below are the dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from the years 2016 – 2020.
2016 – Friday, March 26th
2017 – Friday, April 14th
2018 – Friday, March 30th
2019 – Friday, March 22nd
2020 – Friday, April 10th
2016 – Sunday, March 27th
2017 – Sunday, April 16th
2018 – Sunday, April 1st
2019 – Sunday, March 24th
2020 – Sunday, April 12th
2016 – Monday, March 28th
2017 – Monday, April 17th
2018 – Monday, April 2nd
2019 – Monday, March 25th
2020 – Monday, April 13th
View the dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 2011 to 2015.
Play Easter Games
Easter Candy Toss
- Take a piece of red construction paper and draw 3 circles in the middle of the paper. Make the circles three different sizes so it resembles a bull’s eye (the size of the circles will depend on the age of the kids, the older the kids the smaller the circle). Color each circle a different color and write in different point values for each circle.
- Have the kids each throw a different kind of candy (maybe different colors of Easter eggs or jelly beans).
- Award prizes depending on which circle the child’s candy lands on. The one who lands on the bull’s eye in the middle would get an extra-special prize.
Easter Egg Bowling Match
- Paint hard boiled eggs different colors and give a different color to each kid.
- Leave one egg unpainted and roll that egg across the floor.
- The kids have to roll their eggs and the one who’s egg is rolled closest to the white one wins that round. At this time they can either win a small prize or points can be counted and then pizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.
Easter Egg Hunt For Little Ones
- Hide plastic or styrofoam Easter eggs and let the kids find as many as they can.
- No matter how many they find, they all get the same prize (Easter baskets filled with assorted Easter eggs, little chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, etc.)
Easter Egg Match-up
- Get a bunch of different colored plastic eggs. Separate the eggs and hide each half in a different places. The kids must match up the eggs to win prizes.
Easter Egg Memory Hunt
- Take pairs of Easter eggs and paint only one side of each pair the same color (leave the other side unpainted).
- Place the Easter eggs, painted side down, and have the kids search for the eggs. When they find an egg they must leave it behind and search for the egg’s mate before they can go back and pick up the other matching egg (that is if they can remember where that color egg was buried)